The Terps have pulled a recruit out of the Lone Star State in each of the last two years, and now they’re positioning themselves for a third. Maryland became the first major offer for Foster High (Richmond, Texas) receiver Evan Fairs May 8, and the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder was absolutely thrilled about it.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am – my first power conference offer,” said Fairs, who also holds verbals from Texas San-Antonio, New Mexico State and Sam Houston State. “I loved it, loved it. I thought I might be getting it after Coach [Keenan] McCardell stopped by my school, but I was still shocked and really excited. It was a big one for me, definitely.”
Fairs said McCardell actually sent his head coach an e-mail early May 8, letting him know UMD head coach Randy Edsall had signed off on the scholarship. Then, later on, Fairs sent McCardell a text, prompting a conversation.
“Coach McCardell asked me if I had heard the good news and I acted like I hadn’t,” Fairs said, chuckling. “And then he said, ‘Well, the offer is there for you, congrats.’ I told him I was honored and very excited about Maryland. I told him I’m looking forward to visiting and getting to know him.”
Indeed, Fairs has only known McCardell for a brief time. The Texas product said he’s yet to have an in-depth talk with UMD’s receivers’ coach, but plans to stay in touch with him now that he has the offer.
“Coach McCardell sounds like a great guy. He stopped by my school, so I saw him here once,” Fairs said. “He was telling me how he played in the NFL and some of his background. He actually played against my dad, Eric Fairs, who played eight years in the League for the Falcons, Oilers and Bills, and [McCardell and Eric Fairs] actually know each other. After I heard from Coach McCardell my dad actually told me he knew him. They don’t really have a relationship yet, but I know they’ll be talking now. So that’s pretty cool.”
Fairs doesn’t know much about UMD yet, but is eager to visit College Park, Md., sometime in June or July. He said his father and McCardell will be chatting about a potential visit date in the coming days.
“It’s kind of tough for me to take visits because my 7-on-7 team travels all around the country most weekends,” Fairs said. “But I definitely want to get up to Maryland. I hear it’s a great campus, it’s right around D.C., and from what Coach McCardell was saying I could fit well into their system. I know it’s a Big Ten school and all that too and good academics. So I want to see what it’s like up there and learn more about them.”
Fairs went on to say Maryland was “definitely” his top offeree at the moment, though he’s keeping his options open. He said he wants to see what other programs ante up before listing any clear leaders.
“I think Colorado, Colorado State, Indiana and Utah might offer next,” Fairs said. “Colorado State, they’ve been on me and talking a lot, so I think they’re next. But we’ll see.”
Many Texas recruits aspire to play in their home state, but Fairs said he’s not necessarily one of those. He said distance, conference and the like don’t mean much to him.
“Honestly, I kind of want to get away from home for college,” Fairs said. “I’ve always wanted to see some place new. I’ve lived in Texas all my life and I kind of want to get out. So going to a place like Maryland, that wouldn’t bother me at all.”
The only school Fairs has visited so far is Texas-San Antonio. He will likely trip to numerous colleges this summer, including UMD, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M and others, the latter three for camps.
Fairs is coming off a season where he racked up close to 900 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
“All my looks right now are at receiver,” Fairs said. “I’m going to be playing some safety this year, but I’m going to be a receiver in college most likely.”
Texas WR Fairs Snags 'Huge' Offer From UMD
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